Genoa adopted the ‘Health City Institute Manifesto’ in 2019,
committing itself to the concept of health in cities as a common good
and as a right to be guaranteed to citizens. For the municipal
administration, health is placed at the centre of all urban policies
and must be the subject of concrete actions to ensure correct literacy
and access to health information for everyone with reference to urban
health risks factors.
Joining the Cities Changing Diabetes programme is the first step
towards preparing a health charter for the metropolitan city, which
can be transformed into concrete policy proposals for the adoption of
lifestyles that make citizens less vulnerable to diabetes.
Through Cities Changing Diabetes, Genoa Municipality in
partnership with the University, Scientific Societies and other city
stakeholders, will work to put the principles of the Urban Diabetes
Declaration into practice by further studying the data of the
disease and implementing concrete actions. The University of Genoa
will be central in this study project to share information and
knowledge to tackle diabetes, in close collaboration with scientific societies.
The goal is to encourage healthy lifestyles in the workplace, in
large communities and in families, promoting an appropriate food
culture, improving access to sports and exercise practices for all
ages and developing sustainability-oriented urban transport policies
and ensuring access to care, particularly among the elderly population
and other groups who are at greater risk.